Saturday, October 20, 2012

What's Wrong With Flip-Flopping?

This year I had a transformation. I became a Republican. But don't label me. I still stand by most all the Democratic ideals. So maybe I'm just a Democrat walking around in Republican clothes. Or maybe I'm just a flip flopper like Governor Romney.  Regardless, I'm voting for him. That's big. Because last summer I wasn't even going to vote.

I was bitterly dissapointed in Obama's performance over the past four years. I voted for him in 2008 and felt betrayed by his broken promises. Yet I was terrified of Mitt Romney becoming president because I perceived him as a hard-core conservative. And hard-core conservatism is so totally not me.

Those who know me would agree. I have always been the token Democrat in my family. I've annoyed my fair share of friends by going off on tangents over the rights of women, gays and lesbians. As the recipient of a college degree from Hunter College in New York City, I thrived in a breeding ground for liberalism. For most of my life, being a Democrat has been an integral part of my identity. I wouldn't dream of changing my party affiliation anymore than I would think of dyeing my hair color from blonde to brunette.

That changed last August  when my mother casually suggested that I listen to Governor Romney's acceptance speech at the GOP convention. As I sat on the couch firmly entrenched in skeptism, Romney jolted me out of complacency when he looked directly into the camera and asked: Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

Suddenly, I felt as though Governor Romney was sitting in the living room asking me the question. I thought about it for a minute. And the answer was clear. No. I am NOT better off. Romney dug deeper into the question. He noted that the average American is making $4,000 less than they were four years ago. For me, that was right on the money. Just like a masterful salesman, Romney pointed out the problem and suggested he had the solution. He got my attention.

Romney reiterated that if he were to become president he would focus on creating more jobs and strengthening the economy. These are the two issues that have impacted me the most and they are also the issues that Obama failed to improve upon.

Yes, I know Governor Romney is pro-life. But he has stated clearly that if he is elected into office, his top priority isn't to overturn Roe versus Wade. The greatest president in my lifetime was Ronald Reagan, who was also pro-life and he brought Sandra Day O'Connor into the Supreme Court!

And guess what? Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was also a Democrat before he first ran for mayor as a Republican back in 2005. So both of these great politicians did some flip-flopping--just like Governor Romney

Which brings me back to my own flip-flopping. Fresh out of college, no one could tell me that abortion was wrong--under any circumstances. Then in one year I had not one, but two miscarriages. Faced with the fact that I was reproductively-challenged, I began to see the value of women giving up unwanted children for adoption. Why destroy the miracle of life when it can be such a blessing to a childless couple?

I have gone back to being pro-choice, but aren't people allowed to re-examine their own beliefs? It is the hallmark of spiritual growth. That is why I respect Governor Romney's evolving views on this issue. When a bill involving stem-cell research came across his desk, he again had to do some soul-searching. He changed his mind because he continually asks himself: what's morally right?

Romney has a high moral compass. In fact,  I would be willing to bet the Obama camp has spent months digging for skeletons in Romney's closet--to no avail. They probably can't even find a moment  on tape when the Governor has accidentally cursed. He is that squeaky clean. After so many womanizing presidents (Roosevelt, JFK, Clinton) and just plain crooks (Richard Nixon) in office, it would be so refreshing to have a president with such flawless integrity. What's more, he has job credentials to boot.

Not that Obama isn't a good man, too. I am happy that I did my part to put the first black president in office. But it has not worked. Our economy is on the brink of collapse. When something is failing you need to move on to another plan.

Like President Reagan, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Romney I am guilty of changing my mind and walking away from the Democratic party. I am still staunchly supportive of a women's right to choose abortion and same-sex marriage. Maybe I am just a Democrat betting on a Republican to save this country. Call me a a flip-flopper but I'm voting for Governor Romney!

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Ann Romney Makes Strides For Breast Cancer

Ann Romney Makes Strides For Breast Cancer: Ann Romney will literally be taking large strides toward defeating breast cancer on Saturday morning, when  she’ll walk in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k in Orlando, Fla. A representative of the American Cancer Society has confirmed to ABC News that...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Five Ways To Get Involved During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Courtesy of Deanna Siste

Want to do something for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but not sure what?  Below are 5 easy ways to show your support, from Razoo.  You can do one or all of these 5 ideas, but any of them will help you make the most out of your time and efforts during this important month:
1)     Do Your Homework – Research local organizations in your area.  Yes, the national organizations are great, but there are several on Razoo that assist and raise money for people in your community.

2)     Walk it Off! – A great way to shed calories and join a cause at the same time is to join a 5k or 10k for any breast cancer – related cause.  All you have to do to find one in your area is:  Go to Razoo, type in “breast cancer”, select your state, select “team”, then hit “search”. 

3)     Open your wallet without lifting it- You can donate to any cancer-related cause just by going to Razoo.comand clicking on the one you’d like to support.  Razoo has every charitable organization and 501c (3) so you have the power to put your money where you want.  We are also the only fundraising platform that gives you a tax deductible receipt right away.

4)     Fundraise – Don’t have the money to donate?  Start your own fundraiser! It’s easy and fun to start your own and you don’t have to be a member of any organization to do it.  Razoo has all the tools on its platform that makes it just a few clicks away. For example, we have a donation widget that accepts donations directly from your site without redirects.

5)     Tell Your Friends – What better way to show your support than passing it on?  Spreading the word via social media is the fastest way to get more people involved.  Razoo automatically links your Twitter and Facebook pages to your favorite cause.

If you need a side-bar story about how anyone can help during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, feel free to mention how easy it is to get involved by going online; or I’d love to schedule an interview with CEO Lesley Mansford.  She could explain how charitable giving is a lot more fun and easier than it used to be with the gamification of e-commerce.  With her background at Pogo and EA, she wrote the book on the gamification of giving!
Razoo isn’t just a fundraising platform, but we aim to inspire generosity.  You’ll want to read Randi Rentz’s story of survival on our blog today. 
See below for our latest press release on Razoo’s new PinkGiving campaign that gives $10,000 to a local charity.
Deanna Siste

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Painting The Town Pink

Here, in these gently rolling hills along the Housatonic River, which is called Connecticut's "Valley," Seymour has risen as an exemplary town for raising breast cancer awareness. The town is festooned with banners along streets commemorating those that have won and lost their battle with breast cancer. Throughout the entire month of October, the town holds events and fund-raising charities, which is why this movement is called: Seymour Pink.

This little enclave truly does paint the town pink. I participated in their annual Pounding The Pavement for Pink 5K race this morning. It was a perfect fall day to celebrate my four years as a survivor and rejoice with others that won their battle, too. I had the good fortune to meet a young school teacher who was 32 years old and pregnant when she got her diagnosis.  Wow, we come from all walks of life and all ages.

Connecticut has the second highest rate of breast cancer in the United States. Our neighboring state, Rhode Island, is number one. You've got to wonder why this disease runs so rampant in this pocket of New England and across the sound on Long Island.  Dr. Ott-Young, who practices both on Long Island and Connecticut, keeps seeing younger and younger patients every year. She is thoroughly convinced this spike in breast cancer is an environmental issue.

If only we knew what it was. This valley in Connecticut was once an industrial area producing ammunition and uniforms that helped the Yankees win the Civil War. After that, companies like BF Goodrich poured toxic waste into the Housatonic River, which makes me highly suspicious. My drinking water comes from that river. Who knows.

When I was participating in the Yale Hope Study, one of the technicians revealed that in other Yale cancer studies, The Valley showed a high correlation of both ovarian and breast cancer cases. In any event, at least I did my part this morning to help find a cure. Thanks to the town of Seymour, it has become a community goal.